South Africa

The Best of South Africa: Safari, Culture & the Garden Route

Discover the history and natural diversity of South Africa from important urban centers to scenic coastlines. Join experts to search for iconic wildlife in the South African bush.
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Program No. 22444RJ
16 days
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At a Glance

It’s town and country — South Africa-style. Discover the vibrant cityscapes of Johannesburg and Cape Town to learn about the turbulent past and promising future of South Africa, then journey to the wild side of the country and search for the “Big Five” — elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros. From the sparkling waters and emerald forests of the Garden Route to the vast plains and dramatic plateaus of the South African countryside, witness a stunning array of flora and fauna.

Extend Your Adventure

This program offers an optional program extension.

Extension: Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park

Discover the magnificent, mile-long Victoria Falls. Explore Chobe National Park with a local expert to witness herds of elephant, lions, leopard and more.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles on varied terrain. Bumpy, dusty game drives in open-air safari vehicles. Elevations up to 5,575 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Walk in the footsteps of South Africa's freedom fighters and stand in Freedom Square where South Africans united in the name of democracy.
  • Explore the beautiful Garden Route and venture into the bush on game drives in Karongwe Game Reserve.
  • Meet members of grassroots community projects in Cape Town.
Featured Expert
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Johann Roscher
Johann Röscher was born in South Africa and grew up on State Forestry stations along the coastal belt of the Cape Province. He joined the military and studied at the North West University, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science. After traveling through the Middle East and Eastern Europe, he returned to South Africa to work as a socio-political researcher. Disillusioned with city life, Johann decided to change careers and lead safaris. He’s been taking groups on safaris in Kalahari and Okavango Delta for 17 years, and he’s never been more content with his choice to move to that beautiful and remote region.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Helen Malisan
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